Here’s another great sewing tutorial for a small drawstring purse. I really like the origami-look of it. It is a very well written tutorial with plenty of pictures and is a good project for a novice sewer. I did mine in red and I think it turned out great. It looks almost like the sample!
I love bags. No, I don’t mean purses, but bags. I like totes, bags and carry-alls. I like their different designs, functionality, and style. They are also one of my favorite projects to sew because you can use them right away and they don’t need be a perfect fit.
I found this great tutorial on how to sew a sidekick suitcase, meant for a child. It’s a 12-day sew along, and is very detailed with plenty of pictures. Then I found the perfect customer. My dad! He has a new motorcycle and the sidekick suitcase would be perfect for the pannier. He could buy the coordinating bag, but it’s awfully expensive. Plus, the one I make will be so much better, right?
This bag was a monster of a project! It was way beyond my pay grade. It took me a few tries and many hours. The first time, I wasn’t precise enough and nothing matched up. It looked awful. The second try went much better, but not perfect. I cut out a lot of the detail to simplify the project. I bought the stiffest interfacing I could find, which cost me $20. Although, I should have used the plastic mesh the writer suggested. I bought the strap for a buck at the dollar store; it was sold as a luggage strap and included the buckle, which the fabric stores sell for $5.
I learned that with big projects like this, you must take it slow. Measure carefully, lay everything out, and take your time. I also learned that the bag’s dimensions must be much smaller than the dimensions of the pannier, because when the bag is full it’ll stretch to beyond its intended size.
Dad only ended up getting on pannier, because this project was so much work. But the result is pretty good. The bag fits very nicely in the pannier.
I stumbled upon this well written and detailed tutorial on how to sew a bow clutch. This is a great tutorial, especially for new sewers. The instructions are fairly straight forward and there are a lot of pictures to make each step very clear.
My first attempt was a huge success. I made this purple gingham purse and it was the first time I sewed a zipper and first time I used interfacing.
I couldn’t wait to make some more, so when my friend announced she was getting married I jumped at the chance to sew some purses for her bridesmaids. The wedding colors are apple green, silver and black. The bridesmaids’ dresses are black and the bride thought apple green purses would be the perfect accent. I picked up this fabulous green fabric for the exterior and a cute butterfly pattern for the lining.
I love the final product. It’s cute, unique and custom!
Grandpa is turning 88! He loves watches. He probably has a few dozen of them. So I thought I would make him a watch roll so he could take a few of them with him when he travels.
Since the foam was too thin to hold the watches, I put two pieces together and taped it so it didn’t shift shape. Then I covered it in material. I had some upholstery remnants on hand, so I used a dark blue pin stripe.
Next I followed this tutorial on making a cylindrical pencil case, of course adjusted for length and width. I used some more upholstery remnants and a zipper I happened to have on hand.
I’m fairly pleased with the result. Happy Birthday Grandpa!
Lately I’ve been into sewing bags and totes. After pinning a bunch of inspirations and patterns, I settled on making this Collapsible Bucket tote. It looked great and the instructions we’re quite detailed and well written. Sewing a circle base was a little tricky (just use patience), but the rest was pretty straight forward. I love keeping my fresh fruit in it.
Dogs are the best sewing customers. If they chew on your creation or pee on it, it means they like it. I have been learning to sew and needed a new project to tackle. Something that would be appreciated, but would be forgiven if the hem was crooked or the seam wasn’t straight. A dog bed! Mia is my brother and sister-in-law’s adorable miniature schnauzer.
My goal was to make something cozy and washable. I got an old pillow for the filling and cut it down to a square. I used the extra for the bolsters. I sewed a pillow case to fit with an envelope flap so the pillow would stay covered no matter how rough the dog was on the bed. I then made three bolsters with ribbon closures and attached them to the main pillow.
Mia loves her new bed! It took some planning, and I may try another version that is easier.
Here are two excellent fleece toque patterns, and they are free!
This all got started because my man has a big head, his season tickets include the coldest of all seasons, and his team only makes flimsy knit beanies for winter gear. I decided to make him an awesome fleece toque in team colours, but I needed a really easy pattern since I don’t really sew.
The first one is a toque/neck warmer/ear warmer all in one. As a beginner, the pattern was a little tricky, but the result was pretty impressive. It’s his favorite.
This second pattern was really great. It makes a nice snug toque. I made mine with a fleece lining to make it extra warm, so I had to adjust the pattern to fit a little bigger.